The AC Challenge's founding members include the United States, India, China, Canada, and Saudi Arabia who have committed to implementing policies to stimulate demand through energy efficiency labeling and promotion efforts, procurement and energy efficiency challenges and prizes, or other market transformation programs. CEM calls on other governments and businesses to enter the AC Challenge and make their own commitments.
Many companies and businesses have already responded to the call-to-action issued by the CEM AC Challenge, including Ingersoll Rand, Honeywell, Danfoss, Goodman, Daikin Applied, and the San Francisco International Airport. The AC Challenge also received supporting commitments from leading organizations, including the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, the ClimateWorks, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Since the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial, AC Challenge participants have worked hard on their advanced cooling product goals. Recently, several participants reported on their accomplishments, including the following:
- Daikin sold over 10 million ACs that rely on climate-friendly refrigerants.
- Policy development and technical assistance projects in nearly 20 countries across four regions (Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, and Central America).
- Seven new energy-efficient and climate-friendly product series have been deployed by two participating manufacturers (TORO WATT and Ingersoll Rand).
- Participating manufacturers have launched production of new climate-friendly refrigerants and are testing energy-efficient HVAC components to release in the United States and beyond.
See each box below for full descriptions of commitments and 2017 progress updates. Read more about the original commitments to the campaign made in 2016 in the Advanced Cooling Challenge CEM7 Press Release and the White House Fact Sheet.
The AC Challenge has developed the AC Market Tracker to show the status of cooling products in participating countries and beyond. It is an online tool that contains data on cooling products, such as energy efficiency, refrigerant, price, price versus efficiency and capacity, and so on. Policy makers, industry stakeholders, institutions, and consumers can use it to support policy design, research, and purchase decisions. The tool is available at http://www.iea.org/cem/AC-Challenge/.
The AC Challenge leverages the work of CEM’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, and builds on a public-private roundtable discussion on Energy Efficient Cooling and Demand Response at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in May 2014.